Who Will You Nominate?
Do you know any outstanding food retailers? How about outstanding business partners? We want to hear about them! We are accepting nominations for the fifth annual Al Kessel Outstanding Achievement Awards which recognize one Outstanding Retailer and one Outstanding Business Partner each year. MGA created the awards to honor the memory of former board member Al Kessel and to shine the spotlight on the food industry, highlighting outstanding companies within the industry and sharing that recognition with peers and the public.
Previous winners have told us how meaningful it is to receive the award from well-respected peers. These winners include Outstanding Retailers Leppink’s Food Centers, McDonough’s Market, Hal Neiman of Neiman’s Family Markets, and Fred Angeli of Angeli Foods, and Outstanding Business Partners Star Truck Rentals, Koegel Meats, County Fresh, and SpartanNash.
The awards are about drawing attention to food industry businesses that should be acknowledged for what they are doing. Wholesalers and other suppliers can nominate customers, retailers can nominate suppliers, and both can nominate peers within their own segment of the grocery industry. Michigan has great retailers and suppliers — including wholesalers, manufacturers, DSD vendors, brokers, service providers, etc. — who have contributed much to MGA member businesses, the food industry in general, and local communities. They are all deserving of recognition.
Nominating someone is a great way to support our industry. Use the form on the Events page to nominate someone. We want to make the process as user-friendly as possible. If you have a retailer or supplier in mind but you aren’t sure of what to say on the Nomination Form, just give us a call or send an email, and we can help!
The awards will be presented during the first evening of MGA’s Fall Conference, September 17, at Crystal Mountain Resort. We need you to tell us who should be acknowledged this year, so please take a moment right now to nominate someone!
This President's Message is sponsored by Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream. Click the link to find out more about their award-winning ice cream and retailer program or call Rick Davis at (586) 344-3051.